I have gone back and forth with creating an inspiring holiday post to encourage each of you to embrace all the festivities. Particularly in terms of nutrition, as I know many people struggle with moderation or indulging at all. All of which comes from fear of regressing or not being in control.
The worst one of the two, in my opinion, is the fear of regressing. As it is like an invasive weed in your mental grass, which won’t stop growing no matter how many times it’s cut. Since the fear starts to encompass other things. In the beginning, it was only nutrition-based, which meant no baked goods or desserts. Then a day or so later alcoholic beverages and the extra family meal is apart of the list. All of this occurs because fear amplifies itself so rapidly if it isn’t dealt with and plays on anxiety.
However, there is a solution, remove the need to attach negative emotions to the situation. The first step is to understand that all the hard work and hours in the gym or dieting doesn’t disappear instantly. Furthermore, making an emotional connection makes things worse. Thus, enjoy the food, drinks and great company in moderation. If you eat a little more than usual, remember the holidays are a few days, not weeks. You will attach regret to them if you force yourself not to indulge or let fear rule you.
That said, I know sometimes it’s nothing to do with being afraid of regression, but losing control and spiralling. Counting Calories, Marcos and living a healthy lifestyle gives a sense of “control” to those who chose to live this way. The ability to control weight gain and loss through these tools opens doors that usually require a coach, nutritionist or dietitian. A notion that isn’t worth sacrificing for a day or two of eating “unhealthy” foods.
Yet, in my experience, no food is unhealthy as long as some moderation exists. Studies have proven that indulging in a range of foods prevents being overcome by cravings or spiralling. Therefore I want to leave you with this isn’t the greatest benefit of understanding Calories, Macros and their role in living a healthy life the ability to come back from anything?
P.S: HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO YOU ALL!